My goodness. A photog friend of mine Raz linked me to this Korean cosplayer. And holy crap that was what she DID a ONE year. My mind went bonkers. I’ve heard of people doing 44-50 a year in China and that alone is normal and average. BUT 150 shoots?? OH MY GOODNESS. (and for your info.. in my country for me to do 30 shoots is considered TOO much even for our pace!). And oh nooo her shoots does not only come quantity. It comes in QUALITY. FREAKY? I kid you not.
130 cosplays (not including total shoots) by Korean cosplayer Miyoaldy.
Being in this hobby for some time, It’s like everyday you discovered something new about it. Well that’s one of the reasons why I’m STILL in this hobby. It’s so diverse and unique in a sense where everything can be unpredictable something and the things they do to achieve what they want. Bad? Good? Both I can say.
Was chatting with Shiro about this and apparently he told me it’s SO normal for them to do that much over there because their cosplay community in China is super competitive. In a way cosplay becomes a business over there. Selling artbooks, opening wig shops and doing cosplay performances. Not to mention, cheaper resources, faster delivery and awesome beautiful locations. And bonus points for being extra hardworking.
Again. This make me wonder if this is a good thing. Knowing that cosplay is something done out of passion and we’re not suppose to earn from it. Well like it or not COSPLAY has evolved into something more, like WCS and cosplay idols. I do think it’s interesting if cosplay becomes a business but it can be a huge downfall as well. It can become a task and a lot of costumes are done without passion and it’s not exactly a huge moneymaking industry anyways unless you’re like Alodia, who is like one in a million. Wait are there even a million cosplayers in the first place?
Sure it’s awesome to be making money and loving what you do. But what if in the future, the love is taken out of it, and all you left is the job. Then this passion and love will go down the drain? I do think it’ll be a sad outlook for this hobby.
End up I would always say, cosplay is a subjective hobby these days. There is no black and white written rule and there isn’ t proper textbook about it. But it’ll be nice if people are educated about what this hobby represents and where their origins before jumping into it. But nothing beats a costume that is crafted from the heart, a strong love the character, from top to toe.. with passion..then heading off to events and just let yourself loose and achieve the feeling that you want in your photos. Oh and also meeting like-minded people that shares the same sentiments with you of course. I do think that’s when you’re the happiest :D Well at least that’s for me.
But I guess different people have different milestones and achievements that they want aim in this hobby. Good luck to y’all!!